Don't we all like to have everything "at hand"? That's my excuse!
Here's a view of my sewing machine. It's on the perfect table for me - a sturdy Horn compact sewing table with an insert made to fit my Bernina 1630. With my pins (2 kinds of course!) & scissors handy.
I have various tools & inspiration stuck on the wall behind a box with my neutral threads, pencils, seam ripper, 6" ruler, duster, etc. contained.
My ironing board sits to the left of my sewing area, where it's convenient. I'm spoiled with a giant area to iron! It's a padded plywood board I made years ago - with a layer of batting and an old wool blanket covered with myriad layers of muslin. Every time it gets burn or torn, I just add another cover.
In the background, what can you spy? I am quite a collector!!
I find this arrangement to most convenient to sew most things. But if I'm quilting, I have to slide the table back to get more room!
What's your sewing area like?